The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is an ALA approved program that recognizes the achievement of library support staff who work in libraries. It is based on ten competency sets or skills that are appropriate for academic and public library support staff. There are three required competency sets and seven elective competency sets. Candidates take the three required and choose three elective competency sets. There are two ways to demonstrate competency: take and successfully complete a course approved by the LSSC program, or prepare and submit a portfolio online in the competency area that is assessed by experienced librarians and educators in that competency area. Candidates may choose to complete the program via six portfolios, six approved courses, or a combination of portfolios and approved courses. The program is conducted completely online, with the exception of some face-to-face courses. There is no requirement to take courses.